University of Brighton

2015 League Table Ranking 73
2015 Overall Score 608
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Entry Standards 310 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.37 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 709 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 314 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 58.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 84.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 67.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 57.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The university's academic roots date back to the mid-19th century in Brighton and the mid-20th century in Eastbourne.
  • Brighton became a university in 1992.

Location and Transport

  • The University of Brighton has five campuses at three different locations on the south coast and each has their own distinct character.
  • Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings are all by the sea and within easy reach of London and with great links to mainland Europe and beyond.
  • Each town has lots of opportunities to get involved in its culture and community – offering something for everyone and a great place to live and study.
  • Home to three of our campuses, Brighton is just an hour from London. It has a reputation for being free-thinking and valuing different cultures and is known for its lively cultural and social life.
  • Eastbourne is a large seaside town, 40 minutes along the coast from Brighton. It has a variety of popular bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as affordable high street shopping, making it extremely well-liked by students.
  • An hour from Brighton and half an hour from Eastbourne, Hastings is a historic and beautiful town with a vibrant arts and live music scene.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary. Full details can be found on the website.
  • Applications are welcome from students with qualifications and experience outside the traditional A-level route.

Student Mix

  • Over 22,000 students. The student body is diverse, with many part-time and mature students.
  • Students come from over 140 different countries.
  • 60% female, 40% male.

Course Flexibility

  • Over 500 courses with 5,000 students graduating and prepared for careers in fields including medicine, architecture, business and pharmacy, sport science, education, engineering and fashion design.
  • Courses are informed by the latest professional knowledge. Partners in industry and the professions contribute to course development and teaching. Staff combine professional practice with teaching and research activity..
  • Course delivery and support services help you realise your career aspirations.
  • Many of our undergraduate courses are accredited or endorsed by professional or statutory bodies, an external endorsement of quality ensuring recognition by employers across the globe. These include the British Council, the General Medical Council, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • We work with global, national and local businesses and organisations. These links enable us to anticipate trends and develop and deliver courses that meet changing professional and social needs.
  • Almost all of our courses provide opportunities for work-based learning, with many offering the opportunity to spend a year on a paid professional placement. Our reputation for being approachable, accessible and for giving something back means that we are the chosen partners for global brands including Microsoft, American Express, Roche Diagnistics and Channel 4. The tuition fee for the placement year is just £750 and could offer a salary of up to £10,000 – as well as recruitment and workplace experience, valuable contacts and a competitive advantage when you graduate.
  • Our Careers Service is in regular contact with over 1800 businesses and organisations who post vacancies and attend our events and careers fairs.
  • We are one of the few universities that tries to ensure that every student has a career planning agreement in place helping you to develop and realise your future aspirations.
  • Career planning and development, as well as employability skills, are built into every course, while leadership, management and enterprise skills can be developed through modules and workshops.
  • Our courses provide you with the chance to get involved in project work and real-life situations which mirror the workplace. For example, if you’re studying pharmacy, you’ll be working with patients right from the start, familiarising yourself with the clinical set-up and issues you’ll face after graduation.
  • We can also help you to arrange voluntary placements in the community and put you in touch with professional mentors, and if you’re entrepreneurial, offer one-to-one support for your business ideas while you’re here and after you graduate.

Teaching Standards

  • The university has been awarded five National Teaching Fellowships – in recognition of excellent teaching methods.
  • The university achieved the highest possible outcome from the Quality Assurance Agency which reviews standards in higher education.
  • Our courses are regulated and approved by over 70 professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.
  • Organised by the Brighton Students’ Union, the Excellence Awards are a celebration of the people who make the university such a special place to study – great course reps, outstanding teaching practice and academic support.  For the 2012 awards over 1,100 nominations were received.
  • The university gained an outstanding rating from Ofsted for its secondary and primary education provision.
The university holds the Matrix Standard, recognising the quality of its student advice and guidance services.

Research Standards

  • The university achieved world-class rankings in research in subjects as diverse as biomedical sciences, art and design and European studies.
  • In 2008 Brighton won more research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England than any other modern university.
  • The University of Brighton was ranked as the leading modern university in terms of the quality of its research by Research Fortnight.

Academic Strengths

  • The university's medical school, the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, run jointly with the University of Sussex, receives more applications per place than any other medical school in the UK and was rated with 91% overall satisfaction in the 2012 National Student Survey.
  • History, media, social work, biology, maths and art are all rated well above the institutional average for the quality of their teaching. The university was a pioneer in the teaching of computer science, podiatry and sports journalism.

Student Facilities

  • Over 1,400 computers (both Macs and PCs) for students' use, located in libraries and computer rooms.
  • Libraries contain over 600,000 books, journals and audio-visual materials and subscribe to around 15,600 e-journals.
  • The virtual learning environment, Studentcentral, is an essential tool to help organise student life. It provides a portal customised for each student.
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities include.
  • A flight simulator, wind turbines, and biodiesel research and development labs ensure that engineering students gain from industry input.
  • A radio station and television studio enables Hastings-based media students to gain experience with industry-standard equipment.
  • At our Leaf Hospital, podiatry students learn by treating NHS patients.
  • Pharmacy and biomolecular science students have access to more than 20 labs, including category 3 microbiological and category 2 issue culture suites.
  • Sport and exercise science labs are used by elite athletes and help students to understand the science behind sport.
  • Arts facilities based in Brighton’s cultural quarter bring together traditional and cutting edge media from letterpresses to industrial textile looms, and internationally recognized design archives enable our students to have a global perspective.

Disability Services

  • Support is available for all disabled students including dyslexia or specific learning difficulties, experience of mental health difficulties, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, other disability and long-term medical conditions (for example, diabetes, epilepsy, ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, and repetitive strain injury) or visual impairment.
  • The kind of support we offer is individual to you and includes ensuring teaching staff understand the impact that some conditions may have on ability to study.
  • Visit for more information or get in touch with the disability and dyslexia team 01273 643799 or

Students' Union

  • The University of Brighton Students’ Union is a cooperative student organization that focuses on empowering students and enriching student experience.
  • It provides a wide range of resources, representation, activities, services and opportunities to the student community, all devised and delivered by students for students.
  • They work with the student community to provide an exciting year-round programme of student-led entertainments and events, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hannukkah, Chinese New year and Christmas.


  • Excellent sports facilities across all sites with teams of qualified staff to support and guide students.
  • The university has invested £7.6m on development sports facilities at the Falmer Campus. As well as a new £650,000 astroturf football pitch, the new sports centre includes a fitness suite, two activity studios and a sports hall with six badminton courts. There are also netball and tennis courts.
  • In Eastbourne, sports facilities include an indoor 25-metre swimming pool, sports hall, gym, artificial outdoor pitch, two dance studios and a climbing wall.
  • Well-established sports scholarship scheme which has supported national and Olympic-level athletes.
  • Sports teams have also had great success recently.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the next two years the university will be investing almost £100m, with half of this investment intended for student accommodation and learning facilities.
  • At the Falmer campus the £29-m Checkland Building is home to the schools of Education and Humanities.
  • The £23-m Huxley Building at the Moulsecoomb campus opened in 2010 and houses the majority of the university’s work in pharmacy and biosciences.
  • Both the Checkland Building and Huxley Building feature green roofs and other sustainable design features.
  • £26-m investment in refurbishing the Cockcroft Building at the Moulsecoomb campus will create state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for science and engineering.
  • A new £7.6-m sports centre opened at the Falmer campus in 2010.
  • The university has invested over £300,000 in a new industry-standard radio and television studio at the Hastings campus.
  • The new six-floor building at Priory Square in Hastings provides a new 160 seat lecture theatre and a suite of laboratories supporting science courses.
  • Varley Park Halls of Residence is undergoing redevelopment to improve social and catering facilities and to increase the number of rooms. The Hub includes a communal launderette and fitness suite, as well as a restaurant and a café.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is plenty of part-time work available and the university's Careers Centre Job Workshop is a good place to look for part-time and vacation work. Advice is also available on tax and national insurance.

Notable Alumni

  • Jo Whiley (DJ and TV presenter).
  • Martin Webb (millionaire entrepreneur and presenter).
  • David Stone (gold medal-winning Paralympic cyclist).
  • Rachel Whiteread (artist and Turner Prize winner 1998).
  • Keith Tyson (artist and Turner Prize winner 2002).
  • Peter Keen OBE (coach to the British Olympic cycling team.
  • Julien Macdonald OBE (fashion designer).
  • Mandy Chessel (computer scientist, IBM master inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy).
  • Julie Howell (disability rights and web accessibility campaigner).
  • JC Reid (managing director of Skint Records).
  • Dr Shamsuddin Kadir (chairman of Sapura Holdings Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato Seri Ir.
  • Sue Law (head of Equality and Child Protection at the FA Group).
  • Jill McDonald (chief executive officer of McDonalds Northern Europe).

For further information

  • +44 (0)1273 644644
  • University of Brighton
    Mithras House
    Lewes Road
    BN2 4AT
UCAS Code B72

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